Vocal : Malladi Brothers
Violin : Chrulatha Ramanujam
Mrudamgam : Tumkur Ravishankar
Morsing : B Rajasekhar
01 sAmi daya jUDa (varNam) – kEdAragauLa – Thiruvottiyur Thyagayya
02 paramEshvara jagadIshvara shankara – nATa – Dikshitar ( S )
03 lEkanA ninnu – asAvEri – Thyagaraja ( A )
04 kAshi vishAlAkSim bhajEham – gamakakriya(purvikalyANi) – Dikshitar ( A,N,S )
neraval & swara @ kAshipuranivAsinIm kAmita phaladAyinIm’
05 shrI kAmAkSi – dEvagAndhAri – Spencer R Venugopal
06 chalamElarA sAkEtarAmA – mArgahindOLam – Thyagaraja
07 tanayuni brOva – bhairavi – Thyagaraja ( A,N,S,T )
neraval & swara @ ‘ vatsamu veNTa dhEnuvu chAnunO vAridamunu gani pairulu chUnunO’
08 RTP – valachi – khaNDa triputa x 2 kaLai , +1 eDuppu
pallavi line ” shivadhyAnam gAnam abhiSEchanam, parama pada sAdhanam sadA-‘
rAgamAlika swaras in shrIranjani, shankarAbharaNam, jog?
09 dharma shravaNa vidatakE – durga – Purandara Dasa
10 navanIta hOrA namO namO – chenchurutti – Annamacharya
11 sadA enaa hrdayadalli – behAg – Vijaya Vittala Dasa
12 maraLi maraLi jaya mangaLAm – madhyamAvati – Annamacharya
shLOkam ( shrI rAmachandrAha ) – surutti
I have been missing concerts for a while and could not make it to the first three concert of this annual fare. Varnam was concluding as I entered, but my better half was there to tell me it was kEdAragaula.
Concert in all was good with very innovative selection of kritis and raga. And for the fat,it did not have the long chain post pallavi. Though I liked the overall concert, few areas weren’t smooth for me. But first what was good.
Natta kriti , it has a very nice structural construct to it and sound very refreshing. Not the typical nATa drags. A very similar kalpana swara takes were impressive. But the transition from Sriram to Ravi wasn’t great. Some thing was amiss there. Some of the swara phrases were brilliant, though.
Whenever I have a chance to discuss possible choices of raga in a concert, I always put forward an asAvEri and gauLa for some detailed treatment. So, when I heard the start of an asaveri alapana, it gave me goosebumps. It was short and pretty nice, with an ever shorter return from Charulatha. Lekana was a nice, and to my dismay there was no swaras ( leave alone neraval) here.
Poorvikalyani alapana from Ravi was pretty impressive, some of the higher octave alapanas were awesome. Charulatha did a commendable job in her turn too. To make it a grand affair, kAi vishlakshi ( choice for the day) had a classy neraval and some detailed kalpana swaras.
Two small pieces before the main. The devagandhari kriti of Spencer Venugopal was very good. I liked the way it was composed and sung. Pallavi line structure was brilliant. Some thing like 1-3-9 concept. Chalamelara was dud.
Sriram started bhairavi alapana. He, possibly, was having some difficulties with his throat, hence sang most of his part in lower , small phrases. Ravi took it over singing the longish, higher octave parts. Overall not very impressive. I expected them to sing, upacharamu jese, but tanayuni brova was brilliant choice. I haven’t heard it concert for a long long time. Neraval was done at the complete line, so was the kalpana swaras. They were good, but nothing of a grand affair. Tani avartanam followed. Tumkur Ravishankar in his typical style and Rajashekhar impressed the audience with his tiny instrument and some clever sounds.
A pallavi was sure to make an appearance. Valachi/valaji was the choice and this was far better. Both alapana and tanam were top class , again Ravikumar stole the vocal part. Charulatha had a field day. Her alapana and tanam received enthusiastic responses. Tanam was mesmerising from her. I loved the pallavi line. Not sure if it is created by them or inherited from their Guru. Pallavi itself was very very good. Trikalam was done with such good control. The kalpana swaras as well asthe ragamalika swaras were good. And most importantly, they gave it ample time and did not rush it through.
Charulatha was in supreme form. I liked almost every thing she did last evening. Not sure if it was because of the effect in the hall; there was a little reverb for the violin, creating an awesome effect. Ravishankar and Rajashekhar were pretty decent through out.
Post main , luckily, wasn’t a long and never ending. Couple of Annamayya compositions and a devarnama constituted the most of it. Good concert, loved for some refreshing list of ragas and kritis.